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After 400 years lost, 'cursed' novel of Spain's imperial age is finally published

Previous workers on Golden Age manuscript The Orphan’s Story died, leading to rumours of curse
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Four hundred years after it was written, a lost and supposedly cursed Golden Age novel chronicling the splendour, adventure and violence of Spain’s imperial zenith has been published for the first time.

, or The Orphan’s Story, charts the progress of a 14-year-old Spaniard who leaves Granada and heads to the Americas to seek his fortune. Its hero ricochets around the Spanish empire, from the high-society fiestas of Lima to the and goes on to witness Sir Francis Drake’s attack on Puerto Rico and the sacking of Cádiz.

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